Tales from the Boom-Boom Room

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HarperCollins, Dec 16, 2003 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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In the 1990s, women in record numbers looked to Wall Street as a great place to build successful and lucrative careers.What many of them found there was not meritocracy, but a boy’s club of misbehaving stockbrokers, and a workplace culture that knew no bounds in its harassment and discriminating behavior toward women. Sometimes it was threatening language; other times it was physical intimidation; but often, it was much worse. Eventually, women who were subjected to this behavior exploited a loophole in stock-exchange rules and opened the door to unprecedented lawsuits that shook Wall Street to its very core.

Taking its title from the notorious party room at Smith Barney's Garden City, New York branch, Tales from the Boom-Boom Room is the detailed and riveting insider account of the lewd and obscene behavior that has run rampant on Wall Street. In this edition, author Susan Antilla provides a new afterword maintaining that despite some improvements in workplace conditions, women continue to face an uphill battle on Wall Street.

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Review: Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street

User Review  - Kseniya - Goodreads

Mighty dry with a very strong straight-to-the-facts, reporter type feel. Still very eye opening however. A good academic read. Read full review

Review: Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street

User Review  - Tia - Goodreads

Though a little dry, Antilla's book is incredibly thorough. Before reading it, I had no idea that women had virtually no ability to sue for sexual harassment damages under the arbitration system that Wall Street imposed for years. Also, unsurprisingly: assholes on Wall Street are sexist. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Currently an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, Susan Antilla has written for the New York Times and was bureau chief of the Money section of USA Today and financial bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun. Most recently, she was a columnist at Bloomberg News.

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